Saturday, March 14, 2015

Blush of Spring

frog and moth at the window

It always starts with the Spring Peepers. Some years those small frogs begin announcing the passing of winter timidly, one or two at a time, tuning up for early rehearsals. But a week ago, when the last patches of snow lay scattered on the ground, a full chorus of peepers started singing simultaneously from the pond, as if they had been practicing in secret for that day.

male cardinal in winter tree

male cardinal in winter

The cardinals heard it, and the next morning one male started his cadence while it was still dark, "wet, wet, wet, wet" over and over, staking out his territory. As dawn broke, the air became saturated with bird song, sounding glorious after a quiet winter. 

harbinger of spring wildflower closeup

Deer have been browsing on new tufts of clover that sprung up overnight, and Harbinger of Spring and Bluet, those diminutive wildflowers, carpet the ground. Overhead, geese are winging their way back north.

Soft showers fell all day yesterday and on through the night, stimulating a green blush from the fields and lawns.

Springtime comes again, new every year, yet ancient, from the hand of the One who made all creatures, and, with the others, we lift a song of gratitude.

young red fox


“But ask the animals, and they will teach you,
    or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you;
or speak to the earth, and it will teach you,
    or let the fish in the sea inform you.

Which of all these does not know
    that the hand of the Lord has done this?
In his hand is the life of every creature
    and the breath of all mankind.

Job 12:7-10

Ask the Lord for rain in the springtime;
it is the Lord who makes the storm clouds.
He gives showers of rain to men,
and plants of the field to everyone.

Zechariah 10:1

Linking with Saturday's Critters


TexWisGirl said...

we have clover, bluet and spring beauties coming back up again here, too. robins heading through. bluebirds singing. late but so welcome. :)

pens and needles said...

Oh, I so want to wave back at that sweet peeper -- he and his friends have been singing to me, too. And that beautiful fox looks as ready for spring as I feel. He's happy it's (almost) here!

Margaret Adamson said...

What a beautiful written post to herald in the spring and we lovely images to illustrate it. That Fox means business as do all of God's creatures. Have a great weekend.

Marco Luijken said...

Hello Connie,
Very good shots!! So funny that frog..hihi..!!
Good shots of that red cardinal and the fox. Very well done!!

Have a nice weekend,

carol l mckenna said...

All magnificent shots! Beautiful critters!

Happy Weekend to you,
artmusedog and carol

Gunilla B├Ąck said...

Lovely captures! The frog is so cute and the fox is a beauty. Have a happy weekend.

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous shots for the beginning of spring. Love that little frog.

Nancy said...

I love how we can count on nature and wildlife to awaken us from a winters sleep to the sounds of spring....God has prepared all things for those who love Him...Happy weekend....

Susan (ABON) said...

Beautiful post and photos. Love the one with the frog :)

Mary Cromer said...

The little Peepers are singing all day long here and so, so many of them, I just love it. Sweet share as always. Stop by for a visit when you can and take care~

Bethany Carson said...

Beautiful scriptures! It almost looks like that frog is waving at us! Love the contrast of the cardinal with the snow.

She Who Carries Camera said...

I think he's waving at us! :-) We have a larger one that has taken residence in our little garden pond hidden by all the leaves that have fallen into it. Each time I walk past it I hear a plop and look sideways to see a little splash of water! :-)

Lisa Gordon said...

Beautiful images, Connie, and I just LOVE that little frog!

Brian King said...

Beautiful photos! Love the cardinal and fox!

Christa atCedarmereFarm said...

This is a very pretty post. I can see and hear your spring arriving. Lucky you. Enjoy.

eileeninmd said...

Hello Connie, wonderful shots! I love the peeper! The cardinal is pretty and cool capture of the fox! Thanks for linking up, sorry I am late commenting!

Mil said...

Your shots are truly amazing! The frog and moth look like they want to come inside and get warm. The red of the Cardinal against the black and white twigs- stunning!

And how do you get your night time critters to come out in the light? We just get a glimpse of our fox now and then in the darkness as it travels between bushes and houses.

Marie said...

Loved the wonderful Bible verses. Your photos are great. How lovely to see the fox! The one of the frog and insect in the window was too cute...trying to get in???